Peak power progress

One of the concepts common to both rowing and Crossfit is consistent measurement.

I have become a fan of measuring peak power output as a way of correlating strength gains from Crossfit training to specific rowing performance. This is in line with some of Ed McNeely’s protocols for you sports physiologists out there.

I try to do a full peak power protocol quarterly. The last was the week before the Head of the Charles when I peaked at 681 watts.

I am happy to report that peak power gains have not plateaued at all, and while I lost the detailed record due to a logcard error on the C2, last week I peaked at 770 watts, and was able to hit the 720-730 range with some consistency. This is good for my age and size.

It will be interesting to see how long the trend of +- 100 watts per quarter can continue, or if the trend will actually reverse a little once I’m back on the water.

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One thought on “Peak power progress

  1. I’ve more or less concluded that once my lake thaws, I’ll do mostly technical work on the water and continue using the C2 for fitness purposes; I’ve read too many studies and seen too much evidence myself of declines in fitness when just going out on the water. Sure, it seems to work fine for some rowers but…the erg is your friend. Used properly, it yields a lot of results I think.

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